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Using 2" schedule 40 pipe as support for basketball backboard and hoop

June 8, 2017, 4:31 am

I wish to put up a basketball hoop, using 2 schedule 40 pipe. Is this pipe sufficient from a strength perspective. I would cement it 4' below ground. Read more »

1000 sq ft out building with basement

May 22, 2017, 8:02 pm

Looking to build around a 1000 sq ft building just open layout but would want electricity to it. Also 9-11ft basement. (Shelter) what are the options out there can i go polebarn route? Or what wo... Read more »

apartment units VS parking spaces, question

May 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

I'm just curious, is anyone on here familiar with the local codes in their city as to how many parking spaces the city/township/municipality requires per unit in an apartment building? In the smal... Read more »

Form material for interior topping slab

April 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

Placing a ~3.5 topping slab to elevate a garage floor up to the house's sl ab grade on a remodel. We cut 6 wide strips of 1/8 Masonite to act as a perimeter form to set our screed lines. Wall stu... Read more »

Dropped a screwdriver down the toilet drain

April 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

I drop a screwdriver down a toilet drain. The drain is cast iron and straight down about 8 ft and then does a 90. The driver is laying at the 90 and I can just see the handle but none of the metal pa... Read more »

Reinforcing 2x6 attic joists above 2nd for conversion to 3rd floor living s...

April 22, 2017, 5:43 am

Seeing if anyone can help, I just bought a house built in 1908. Half of the attic was a finished with plastered and deteriorated over the years due to a leaky roof, the other half of the attic wa... Read more »

outdoor tankless water heater

March 31, 2017, 3:22 am

Are outdoor tankless water heaters allowed on a zero lot line wall? I know windows are not allowed, but a neighbor just installed a tankless heater on the outside wall. Read more »

load bearing wall with single top plate

December 12, 2016, 6:58 pm

Can an existing partition wall with a single top plate be used as a load bearing wall if strengthened? I was considering inserting 2x4 blocking between each stud (studs are 16 o.c.) and nailing them... Read more »

3/4" clean stone

November 2, 2016, 2:03 pm

How much does 1 yard of 3/4 clean stone weigh? Read more »

Suggestions? House Exterior Covering

October 23, 2016, 5:20 pm or What's a cheap way to make the exterior... Read more »

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Strengthen Wall With Single Top Plate rating: 5

Brief description: Two story house. Upstairs bedroom has a deck (9*9). Below that is the (bigger) first story deck. I wanted to create a screened in area on my lower deck by framing walls up to th... Read more »

How to stiffen interior wall with subwoofers rating: 5

I want to stiffen an interior wall in which I plan to install subwoofers for a home theater. I would like advice on the best way to do it. Read more »

ok without ceiling joists? rating: 5

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Hi, I'm a DIYer that's making plans to build a wood working shed in my backyard. I do woodworking as a hobby but I've never done any construction such as this. The workshop is going to be 16x24.... Read more »

v-match pine and other stuff? rating: 5

I am doing a log sided home. The interior will be mainly v-match pine walls and ceilings. I am looking for go with ideas for moldings, stair railings, lighting ideas for cathedral ceilings and t... Read more »

Shower bed mortar rating: 5

Does anyone know if it is OK to use regular brick mortar for a custom shower bed? Thanks in advance K Read more »

How to install tile over carpet glue? rating: 5

My client wants ceramic or porcelain tile on her back porch. The previous owner had glue-down green carpet/fake grass there. My question is: Can I put thinset down on top of the remaining skim layer ... Read more »

Should a deck railing be attached to the house? rating: 5

My 6 y.o. deck is attached to the house via ledger, as is commonly the case. But my contractor, who is repairing an enormous amount of rot around the house (another's less than 14 years ol... Read more »

Building a small shed rating: 5

I'm putting together my gameplan for building (actually rebuilding) a small shed for the yard. It's going to be a 10' x 16' saltbox. I have a couple of questions I was hoping someone could hel... Read more »

One man's answer to stonehenge - KISS it! rating: 5 This man demonstrates one possible way how stonehenge could have been built. Use the KISS method. Keep it simple stupid. Read more »

Stair stringer layout help rating: 5

There is a stair stringer layout tool for the iPad that makes cutting stringers simple and easy called StairBuilderPro. It is unlike any other layout tool/guide in that no framing square or angle g... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.